The best iron on covering for small BALSA planes?????
Im having a heck of a time covering the wings on my Electrifly Fokker DV11. I ran out of the covering I had which worked like a charm,it was noticeably thinner than the MonoKote I just bought which is much thicker and just wont do.The thinner brand stuck easily,stretched and shrunk easily too.The MonoKote is fine for my bigger projects but its too heavy duty for this plane.I dont remember the brand I used before,any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Brutus
"Its the exact same thing, just completly different"
For older planes and WW1 jobs - I use Solartex - a UK shrink material that has a fabric look and feel to it. Only downside is it is heavier than the gloss plastic shrink, so not really suitable for really small models.
I have to admit that a WW1 machine in glossy plastic film is not really what I like to see ...
personally i would use either litespan or polyspan, both work beautifully on small models, litespan being my favourite due to not needing to be sealed but polyspan being porous works better in my opinion on covering sheeted/planked structures due to being doped down once shrunk to lock the structure together.
the pup was covered solely in litespan
the Pfalz wings and tail surfaces were covered in litespan, and the fuse being planked was covered in polyspan.
the F2b will be covered in litespan and even though nearly 70'' w/s should work out just fine.
an added feature of moth materials is that they have a surface texture, and take paint extremely well!
i am only new at this building caper, the pup and pfalz were my first 2 builds with the F2b being number 3, and yes the F2b is the Peter Rake designed one from Manzano's. i airbrushed the lozenge, and comet motifs after a lot of mask cutting with frisket.
the litespan and polyspan are available from Peckpoymers
i forgot to mention that while both these coverings are heat shrunk they do not have an adhesive backing and are applied to the airframe using Balsaloc which is like a whiteglue and is painted onto the airframe, let dry and the covering ironed on as per normal. the dope i use is the only one locally available and from what i can gather reading the MSDS it is a Butyrate dope.